500 journos receive online training in 3 months

As many as 500 journalists have received online training on Covid-19 in the past three months.

Bangladesh Human Rights Journalists Forum (BMSF) organised the training from July 9 to September 10, said a press release.

It said journalists from different districts of Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Barisal, Mymensingh took the course during this period.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) financed the online course under its Breakthrough ACTION initiative, read the press release.

The online course was jointly coordinated by Dr Khalequzzaman, associate professor of Department of Public Health and Informatics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dr Faisal Mahmud, SBCC Advisor of  Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, FM Iqbal outreach manager of the same organization, Sharif Hossen Saimum, project manager of Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and Khairuzzaman Kamal, secretary general of the BMSF. 

Syed Sofi and Shapla Rahman, senior journalists and communication officers of BMSF, conducted the course.

Objectives of the training were to provide information against misconceptions and helo journalist learn about home quarantine and isolation, proper and safe use of personal protective equipment, infection prevention and control (IPC). 

Journalists were also thought on policy awareness and to know how to maintain mental health by dealing with various stresses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The course also covered on how journalists can cope with the epidemic and ensure their own safety while gathering and publishing news.